As is well known, the problem of earthquake location is one of the most basic in seismology, but because of its inherent mathematical complexity it is difficult to present it in a way that gives a realistic sense of how earthquakes are located and illustrates the factors that contribute to uncertainties in the solution. For this reason it is highly desirable to be able to discuss the most essential facts regarding earthquake location without dwelling on the mathematical aspects of the problem. This is important when teaching the subject to undergraduate students, to Earth science graduate students who do not...

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